Placer County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Citrus Heights man for identity theft after officers found stolen Loomis and Granite Bay mail in the man’s car, according to Matt Hardcastle, Placer County Sheriff’s detective.
Hardcastle said that on Dec. 6, Michael Easter, 35, of Citrus Heights, was pulled over by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy for a routine traffic stop. Hardcastle said Easter was driving a Honda and in the car the Sacramento deputy found a backpack full of mail, some of which was addressed to Loomis and Granite Bay residents.
Hardcastle said he is aware of at least seven recent incidents of thefts from cluster or roadside mailboxes in the Loomis area.
He said his department is sharing information with the US Postal inspectors and the investigation is ongoing. He said some residents may not even be aware that their mail had been stolen.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office recently warned local residents that mail thefts were on the rise and they were encouraging residents to take precautions.
Lynn Harrison, community services officer with the Sheriff’s office, said, “We are seeing an increase in mail thefts from roadside and cluster boxes.”
Harrison asked residents to “make every attempt to send and receive mail at a post office, or at a minimum, please pick up your mail from your box daily.”
She also warned residents against leaving outgoing mail in a roadside box.
She said packages delivered to residences during the holiday season need to be picked up in a timely manner and if residents are not going to be home they should arrange for someone else to pick them up and hold them.
Hardcastle said residents should collect their mail daily and report any suspicious activity or vehicles.
He said anyone with information can call him at (530) 889-7873 or Detective Greg McKenzie at (530) 889-7844.